So as not to hijack the other thread... Comments have been made by some pooh-poohing what has been said about chicken feed being "toxic" to goats. While it isn't toxic, it can be harmful. Perhaps toxic is indeed the wrong word, but we're just trying to get a point across. 1st point - Ca/Ph ratio It SHOULD be 2:1 Chicken feed, an example (Layena pellets): Calcium, not more than 4.25% Phosphorus, not less than 0.5% Yikes! 2nd point - Corn based YES...I know...goat feed has corn and corn by-products in it, but in GOOD goat feeds, these will not be the #1 or #2 ingredient - rather oats, barley, roughage/forage products etc. How can you tell? What color are the pellets? Are they dull yellow? Corn based. Are they darker? They have more alfalfa meal and barley. How else can you tell? Pick up the phone and ASK the rep. Corn can cause SO many problems - UC in males and females, acidosis, bloat, even mess with vitamin and mineral uptake and selenium usage. I'll just close with this...they're your goats - do what you are comfortable doing. Just don't say you didn't know it could happen when you have a problem!